Internship Series: Global NGO Centres

November 22, 2013

Sarah Miller
CAS/COM’ 13 | Major: International Relations
Fundraising and Social Media Intern, Global NGO Centres, Dublin Ireland

During the fall of 2012, Sarah Miller studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland through the BU Study Abroad internship program. For six weeks, she worked as a fundraising and social media intern with the Global NGO Centres of Dublin.

CCD: Tell us about your experience at Global NGO Centres in Dublin.

Sarah: I worked closely with my supervisor on planning and implementing fundraising events, applying for large donations from international development organizations, and constructing and updating various social media sites. My internship was very rewarding, because I was able to do so much for Global NGO Centres. The organization is fairly young and has two full-time employees, which allowed me to pursue new opportunities and take on more responsibility than I would have had had I been working with a larger organization. In many ways, I learned by doing.

CCD: What was your favorite part of the internship?

Sarah: The best thing about my internship was the variety of tasks I was assigned, from updating social media sites, to grant writing, to analyzing Ethiopian NGO and charity law.

CCD: What was the hardest part of your internship?

Sarah: The worst thing about my internship was receiving letters of refusal of funds from major donors.

CCD: What is one thing that you took away that will be most beneficial in your future?

Sarah: The one thing I have learned about my internship that will be most beneficial to my next internship is creativity. We were always looking for new ways to improve the organization. Innovation is important to any organization or business.

CCD: How has this experience changed your future plans?

Sarah: My internship with Global NGO Centres was so rewarding, because I believed in the mission of the organization. Previously, I had been an intern with Boston Ballet’s Advertising and Marketing Department, which was just as rewarding, because I am passionate about the arts in Boston. I can say with confidence, after working for a large and small NGO, that I have thorough knowledge of the many facets of a non-profit organization. I hope that my future leads me to work with a non-profit whose mission is worthwhile, because I know this will fuel my innovation and diligence in the workplace.

CCD: What are the top three skills you’ve learned from your internship?

Sarah: Attentiveness to detail, independence, and maintaining a positive and proactive attitude.